Start and end each day with a grateful, loving heart. Begin your days with positive thoughts. When you do, trust and believe all that good energy and good vibes that come your way. In my opinion, remaining calm and positive in any given situation, is the way we all should live life. It’s definitely easier said than done. But trying is half the battle, but we must learn to shake off the bad and seek the good. When you shift your negative thoughts, and remain positive in any given situation, you will see a shift in your mindset and overall perspective of life. Trust, believe and always have faith. Practice gratitude daily and you will increase your energetic vibrational frequency. Focus on the positive, even when some days are harder than most. Set the tone, not just for your days but as a whole. Stand strong and always #hustleandheart. Gratitude is a powerful process of shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things. We’re all fighting battles that many of us don’t know about–so be kind, be grateful always, and above all never lose faith and hope. No matter what we all are facing, we still must be grateful and thankful for the blessings of each and everyday. Keep the good vibes flowing!
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Natural is beautiful, but make up is always glam.
I’ve always enjoyed testing and trying out new make up products. Although, my go to look is more on the natural side I love to glam it up every so often. I love to have fun with products and try different looks, great for special occasions or even to try on some of my clients. I particularly love playing around and trying different types of lashes too. Lashes can definitely add drama and glam to any look but can also be very natural at the same time too. I have your typical asian long lashes, but fall straight. I love long, full, luscious lashes with curl and lift. I’ve always loved how the look of full, luscious lashes. I would often get my eyelashes done with extensions. Although the trend and habit looks great, it can be costly and at times a little hard to maintain. But you’re in luck, I have an alternative with all the same qualities and so much more. Looking for the same look without the cost and maintenance? Here’s how you can achieve the same look and effect without spending so much. These have become my go to favorites lately and I’ll be featuring them in my beauty favorites post coming to the website soon. They’re at a great price point, high quality, easy to apply with all the same luxury that eyelash extensions has and but so much more. The process may seem daunting, tedious and a little tricky. But once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. The alternative– luscious, luxury, mink lashes by Esqido.
I’m all too familiar with faux lashes and what I’ve noticed, some can be harder than most to apply and not to mention heavy on the eye. Lashes by Esqido are lightweight, easy to apply and absolutely beautiful. Esqido specializes in luxury mink strip eyelashes, and ever since launching their lash collection a few years ago, they’ve garnered crazy interest by so many. They’re lashes have been seen on the Victoria Secret Angels like Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Gigi Hadid, and A-list celebs like Rihanna, just to name a few. Discover ESQIDO’s mink false eyelashes. Meticulously handcrafted, every pair is incredibly soft & lightweight, stunningly beautiful, and unbelievable natural looking. I’ve partnered up with Esqido to tell you all about there amazing brand, why you should get your hands on a pair(s) and why you’ll absolutely love them!
Thank you to Esqido for sending me these two gorgeous pairs of lashes. I am so grateful and absolutely love them. I wore them to a recent event I attended and they certainly glammed up my look. They were super easy to apply, super lightweight and easy on my eyes. They’re soft, luscious and absolutely stunning. You can see the before and after in the pictures seen here. You can easily notice the vast difference. Even without all the glam, they can be wore for a more natural look as well. See my full glam look featuring the BFF Esqido Luxe Mink Lashes.
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Be confident, be stylish, be glam, be YOU!
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I’ve been looking for some fun, flirty, romantic dresses to add to my wardrobe and I’m loving this one right here. I’m *blushing* over this dress. I love the criss cross details and flare sleeves it’s definitely a keeper. This is the perfect Spring dress that can transition nicely into the summer months. Another reason why I love this dress — it’s so versatile it can be wore as a dress, long tunic top the possibilities are endless!
I’ve styled this look for a perfect day outing– but this dress is also great for night time fun as well. Throw on some sexy heels to spice up the look– here’s my fave pair of heels from none other than Jimmy Choo . Freshen up your make up and hair for a night time glam look and you’re ready to go. You’re in luck ladies, shop Tobi is currently having a SALE on their entire website, shop now and receive 50% OFF your entire orders. So don’t wait, shop this dress and the entire website for some fashionable, chic and stylish clothing at an affordable price. Good quality clothing that’s affordable and wearable. To complete my outfit, I’ve also paired it with some peep toe gold flats, my gold Anya Hindmarch clutch, my Desi “High Key” Quay Australia sunnies and of course some gold and rose gold mixed dainty jewels. I’ve always said that accessories ALWAYS pull just about any look together.
Happy Fri-Yay and Happy Cinco De Mayo Love!!
I love Fridays, I mean who doesn’t love FRIDAYS!
Well, for starters it’s the end of the work week and at my office we can dress down or casual. Not to mention, Fridays are the days when the hubs and I go out for Date night. So, even though it may be casual Fridays at the office, with it being date night, it makes Fridays even sweeter! Plus, it’s an excuse to get a little dressed up while still being a little office casual. For this look here, I mixed some high and low fashion to create this office casual/date night ready outfit. I’m getting a little flirty on this Cinco de Mayo TGIF not to mention this outfit screams flirty yet tasteful chic vibes. Another reason why I’m looking forward to this Friday, it’s my Husband’s birthday weekend. So, let the celebrations and festivities begin! Date nights are my fave time too, no matter what we do it’s always nice to enjoy that time with one another. It’s the perfect way to unwind after the work week, reconnect, reflect and enjoy the evening. What’s not to love!!
For my outfit, although it’s a simple look, it works for both the office and for after work outings. No matter where you wear this look, you’ll be looking fierce and fly while turning heads wherever you go. One things for sure when it comes to shopping for me, I always look for pieces that make for great staples for my wardrobe. Pieces that are versatile and work well with styling for any particular season. For this look, I took a current favorite– this white lace-up top and created this fun, flirty office ready and after work outfit.
Here, I styled this super cute white lace-up top from Tobi.com with a blush leather jacket and denim jeans. All of these pieces paired together make the perfect Spring outfit. I love this look so much I felt like Beyonce, and I was definitely feelin’ myself — very edgy, fashionable and flirty. Lucky for you shop Tobi is currently having a SALE site-wide, so shop Tobi now and receive 50% OFF your order. This Enjoy The Ride White Lace-Up top is lightweight and super comfortable. Not only is this top fun and cute, it’s super affordable too. The perfect transitional piece to style in various ways that will work for the Spring, Summer even early Fall months. I especially love the lace up detail at the neckline, different from your average white top. Very stylish and flirty. What are you waiting for, shop this top now at Tobi.com today! To complete my look I’m wearing some of my dainty jewels, Chanel purse, sunnies and a fun fedora.
Looking for more ways to style this top? Here are some style ideas for you to try:
Pair it with a fun fringe denim skirt, knee-high boots or sandals. Take the look up a notch and dress it up with some black high waisted trousers and some chic heels. Since this top is so versatile, whether you decide to go casual or dressed up the possibilities are endless. Final step: Accessories always complete and bring the look together, in my opinion. So, no matter how you wear this top you’ll be looking chic, stylish and so fierce. Hurry, and purchase this FAB top today at Tobi.com . Shop their website for some great deals that can’t be missed!
Always remember to just have fun with your wardrobe and remember to work it ladies!! Always, be creative, be stylish, be glam, be You!
Enjoy your Friday and Cinco De Mayo! Cheers!
Thanks to Tobi.com for partnering up with me for this look. All thoughts and style ideas are my own. If you’d like to shop my look, see details below.
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Jacket: Paige |Top: Tobi| Jeans: Rag & Bone|Shoes: Hogan| Handbag: Chanel |Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Sunglasses: Fendi|Baguette Rings: Noellery | Necklaces: Noellery | Bracelet: Cartier Cartier| Wedding and Anniversary Band: Lorraine Schwartz | Watch: Rolex| Hat: Banana Republic | Earrings: Chloe and Isabel
What are you upto for Cinco De Mayo?
What are some of your staple pieces in your closet? Please do share by commenting below, writing to me ( I LOVE hearing from you) or by using the hashtag: #SFBFashion.
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Today I’m talkin’ about skin and telling you all about Ballerina Botanicals.
Every now and then life can be exhausting… Not only does it take a toll on your body, but your skin as well. While trying to juggle work, travels, and time with my husband, friends and family, I always try and make time for myself and my skin.
If you don’t know by now, one thing to know about me is that: I like to take good care of my skin + body. While I strive to live a healthy life, I like to do the same for my skin. When you eat right, exercise, it’ll also show in your skin as well. Leaving you with radiant, glowing healthy skin. With a little help from the right skincare products. If you haven’t checked out my skincare routine head on over to that post and check out my 11 steps to keeping my skin clean, fresh, hydrated and rejuvenated. My updated skincare routine is coming to the blog soon.
Today, I want to tell you all about this organic and holistic skincare company: Ballerina Botanicals. Ballerina Botanicals is an organic skincare company that strives to keeping skincare simple and natural. Their holistic approach to life is simple, same goes for their products. They stir clear of any harmful toxins and other chemicals that half the time we can’t pronounce. All their products contain 100% pure therapeutic essential oils and are all organic based. They use only the best of the best for their product and they strive to keeping their brand and products cruelty-free and toxic-free. I love how they believe that less is truly more and that what they strive on for their brand and products. I admire their efforts in keeping their products simple, using only organic based ingredients and creating a products that one could really benefit from.
When, Michaelene the owner of Ballerina Botanicals reached out to me and wanted to work together and collaborate. I was thrilled, but also hesitant as well. I wanted to be straight forward and honest with her. My skin is quite sensitive and at times acne-prone. But after reading more about the brand and what they’re all about, I decided to go ahead and try it out. She sent me their best -seller: The Develope Detox mask.
After a few uses of the mask when needed, and as directed I noticed a change in my skin. It definitely cleared up my skin from any blemishes, stress related marks as well as hydrated my skin. My skin’s never looked better. I’ve received many compliments about my skin and I tell them about the mask and Ballerina Botanicals. This is one brand and product that i’ll continue to use and recommend. I love it so much, i’ve incorporated the mask it into my skincare regiment, which i’ll talk about in my updated skincare post, coming soon!
Below i’ve listed more information from their website on the product and what it’s suppose to do for your skin, how to use it and the ingredients used in the product.
What it’s suppose to do for your skin:
Our Activated Charcoal Facial Mask is formulated with detoxifying, cleansing, and healing benefits. Unlike most masks, ours will not dry out or crack while using it. We use coconut oil and Aloe Vera in this mask to hydrate the skin and leave you feeling revitalized! It will strip your skin of any harmful toxins. Tea Tree oil in this mask makes it great for anyone with oily skin or breakouts. All Natural. GMO Free.
Use 1x per week for best results. After cleansing, massage onto skin a thick layer and leave it on for 20 minutes. Use our hydrating face cream right after rinsing. Test on arm before using on face
Activated charcoal draws out toxins and pulls every impurity out of the pores making it great for treating acne and blemishes
*Bentonite clay absorbs and rids all the toxins that have been drawn out by the charcoal. It is a healing clay that reduces inflammation. It also has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin.
*Activated charcoal draws out toxins and pulls every impurity out of the pores making it great for treating acne and blemishes
bentonite clay, activated charcoal, organic aloe Vera, Manuka honey, extra virgin coconut oil, elderberry extract, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, lemon essential oil
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Thank so much to Ballerina Botanicals for collaborating and partnering up with me for this post. All thoughts for this post is my own aside from product information from the companies website.
For more information on Ballerina Botanicals go to: http://www.ballerinabotanicals.com
What are some products that you use? Comment below, I love hearing from you!
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Everyone of us have experienced some dryspells, bumps and hurdles. In every relationship and marriage, life happens and reality at time hits us hard. At one point in our lives, we tend to lose touch with our significant others, partners and life long soulmates. Sometimes, we start to lose faith, become afraid or unaware of what the outcome may be, or what to come for our relationship. And as much as we don’t want to admit it sometimes that initial “spark” can lose it’s flame.
But there are ways to get back on track to where it all started, and re-ignite that spark………
Everyday I continue to count my blessings, and I thank god for all the blessings he’s given both my husband and myself. Thankfully, we continue to remain heavy in love and believe in our love, bond, and our vows we pledged to one another. But every now and then we may get into a big disagreement or argument. And we just can’t seem to stand the sight of one another. This is natural and part of that bond. It happens to the best of us. But no what how big the fight is, we know that we are in this together and till we are old and gray. We know that no matter what, we love one another and we couldnt’ imagine life without the other person in it.
But in any relationship, disagreements and arguements will and can happen and sometimes you are at each other’s throats and can’t seem to get on the same page. Some times the best solution is space, and taking time to regroup, think through your thoughts before speaking outright and saying something you will regret in the long run. And I know as much as you hate yourself after the fact, we all have been in the heat of the moment and have said the most hurtful things to our partners and really in the end don’t mean it. We’re all victims of this…..
The point of this post is to share my beliefs and thoughts on marriage through my experiences in my own marriage. What my husband and I do to keep the flame and love makin’ alive and kickin’. As well as exploring ways in keeping a healthy, strong and loving marriage. Including ideas and activities to do with your spouse or partner to maintain a strong and thriving relationship/marriage. I also introduce something that I saw that has become a big thing that many people are trying out and seeing big improvement in their relationships and marriages.
For my husband and myself, we make it a point to always set aside time for ourselves. We believe in balance. As hard as it can be, we try and balance our time wisely, among each other, family, work life, as well as with our friends. It can be tough but we try our very best. We also try and go out every friday for a date night. During that time, we find it’s important to engage with one another, setting aside our phones, and ignoring everything else but ourselves and the moment. It’s important to take that time, to step away from work, your phones, and other distractions and really enjoy the moment and night together.
Although we don’t have children at this point in our lives. It’s something we want but it’s in our future plans, just not at this point in time. But with work, and our crazy busy schedules, during the week having that “quality time” always is something we and i’m sure everyone in a marriage or relationship wants, but sometimes work and other engagements can get in the way of that time. So I can’t stress to you enough, having that time is VERY important. Whatever you may do, it helps in keeping that connection and bond alive and kickin’.
I’m a huge fan of Youtube, and have partnered up with them as well. And one day after watching our friends and one of our favorite Youtube Vloggers Benji and Judy from ItsJudysLife, they spoke about it being “Friday FDAY.” Just like the rest of the world we wondered, ” What the hell are they talking about?” Some of us I’m sure t questioned and said, ” Hmmm, is Friday FDAY mean, today they are gonna have sex or F*** ( I hate using that term, but i’m sure we were all thinking it) ?” You know we were all thinking it. Now for those of you who don’t know them, they are a married couple and a family of 5. They are blessed with 3 beautiful girls, Julianna (their oldest 3 yrs. old) and the twins Miya and Keira (2 yrs. old).
While Judy was getting ready in her beauty room, she started to speak about marriage, and how 50% of marriages end in divorce. And America is the #1 country with the highest percentage rate where marriages end in divorce. She also mentioned that as of late her and Benji have been fighting non-stop and just at each others throats. With work, the girls, and everyday life, all these factors have played a part in why they’ve had some of their disagreements. This happens to all of us they aren’t the only couple, we all have experienced this in our relationships and marriages. And sadly sometimes, many have ended their marriage because they couldn’t get on the same page anymore and they just fell out of love. But not every marriage is bound for divorce and Mark and I like Benji and Judy and others say NO to divorce.
Like Judy and Benji explain and how they look forward to their Friday FDAY, Judy calls it a movement and it needs to happend for every couple out there. We, (Mark and I), believe anything and everything has a solution and it’s fixable. We know what’s important and continue to always remember all the reasons why we got married and why we are together. In the end, we realize that no fight is ever that important and we will continue to work at our marriage and our relationship. Because it’s that important to us, and although we love eachother so much, someitmes love isn’t enough. Which is why we travel and go on trips, engage in activities that reinforce the love we share, and all the things we believe in for us and our marriage. Just like Judy and Benji, they too have the same beliefs and even though they’ve been fighting recently, they planned a weekend getway/ date night away from the girls, (as much as they hate leaving them behind), to enjoy one another, destress, relax, and have fun with one another.
Heres’ the link to the FDay reference in Judy and Benji’s Vlog on ItsJudysLife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpmVh6KTzLM
Now cue the meaning behind Friday FDay……. Interpretation is up to you, the “F” in FDay can mean whatever you and your partner/spouse choose it to be.
Dates that end in bed with your spouse can lead to stronger, healthier, more committed marriages. Take the Fday Challenge at fridayfday.com and see why.
Your marriage counts and is worth investing in! Do so, by taking the Fday Challenge at Fridayfday.com. All that’s required of you is that you go on dates with your spouse that end in bed. Yeah, we know, you’re welcome. Oh yeah, a date doesn’t have to be extravagant. Could just be a walk around the block or it could entail a weekend trip to the City. No matter. Just spend at least an uninterrupted hour with your spouse each week and you’ll feel the transformation!
FDay is a movement for married couples, dating couples etc…. to come together and reconnect and rekindle their relationship. And enjoy the time together with no distractions.
Whether you have kids or no kids, whether your married or in a relationship, it’s important to take the time for eachother, have fun with one another, and enjoy life together. And makin’ love to one another is such a beautiful thing, a time to be shared with the one person that truly matters. It’s the build up of emotions and feelings that’s so strong, so intense and magnified. That in the end you realize your bond and love is so much more important than any fight or disagreement That closeness, with eachother is a feeling that’s irreplaceable. Nothing beats that feeling in my book….
So, no matter what you do: a date night, weekend getaways, taking a walk, whatever it may be do it together without any distractions. And focus on one another and continue to connect with one another. Take that time to rekindle your love and reconnect with one another. In my opinion, no matter what you call it, it’s important to reinforce the love you have for one another, continue to light that spark, and never let the romance die, no matter what life throws at you. Life can be difficult at times, but taking the time to reinforce the love and care you both have for one another and the foundation you two built together is something we all need to do and it’s important to know this and to do this.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with things, I just thought to share with you what my husband and I do to rekindle our love, everyday. We LOVE to travel, and the best part about seeing the world is seeing it and experiencing with my best friend, soulmate and life-long partner. We are big foodies too, so we go out for a date night every Friday which we started when we were dating and continue to do so in our marriage today. We enjoy trying out new trendy restaurants near us and date night is great for doing that while reconnecting with eachother after a long busy week. We believe in living a healthy lifestyle, so we like to work out with one another and enjoy going on walks together over the weekends when the weather is nice. Whatever it may be, these are just some ideas/ activities you and your special someone can do together to keep the romance alive and kickin’. And remember no relationship or marriage is EVER PERFECT we ALL hit a few bumps in the road but we ALWAYS meet back in the middle together still so in love like the when we were dating but even better.
My advice to you all is that divorce should never be an option. It should never be a word that you speak of in your marriage. Try and work it out through communication, learning to hear one another out whole-heartedly. Learn to compromise, learn to see the situation from the others perspective (step into their shoes). Try to grow together never one higher than the other, this is a partnership not a dictatorship. And if working it out together doesn’t work, seek help and speak to a professional to help work through some those problems and issues you are experiencing.
Trust and believe talking everything out makes it all better. Hear one another, respect one another and love one another. Life and love is never easy, especially when other factors are added to the mix, but if the love is there and it’s worth it to you both, than your love and relationship is ALWAYSworth fighting for, remember that. I have a girlfriend that is dealing with stuff and going through a difficult time with her spouse, and divorce is still a lingering option for her, and she feels strongly about it. Every situation is different, but in my opinion I feel like adding to the situation, like a baby or jumping into marriage when you already have lingering issues or problems won’t ever truly fully solve the problem(s) completely. Before adding a baby or jumping into any situation, think it out, talk it out and lay everything out on the table. Healthy communication is sometime we all need to practice in all our relationships, its vital and important. But I continue to always encourage anyone to communicate with their spouses or partner, and try to fix it. Because they didnt’ just get married by chance, it was a choice and deep down inside the love is there. They just need to break down those “factors” and lingering issues that are causing reoccuring disagreements.
Relationships are all about learning and growing with one another. Sharing your feelings and expressing your thoughts only makes you as an individual and as a unit better. You can only grow and get better by learning from one another. Try it and you two will see what I’m talking about. It’s never gonna be easy, but just know that everything you and your partner are doing to better your union and your relationship is always gonna be better in the long run. Try out Friday FDAY or whatever you choose and see if you see any improvements! Again, I wish you all the best and more in your union and relationships, wishing you all a lifetime filled with lots of love, laughter, happiness, blessing and so much more.
What do you and your partner do when you have a disagreement or fight?
Do you and your spouse, partner, or significant other go on date nights or getways?
What do you do to rekindle your love?
I wanna hear from you, comment below and write to me.
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